The cross-section of a multi-disciplinary project in view of textile design

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We describe the development path of a smart textile-design method, stemming from a collaborative multi-disciplinary project, with three university departments: chemistry, design and electrical engineering. While the project focus was not originally on textiles, the needs for flexible semiconducting materials led to experiments with a zinc oxide(ZnO) semiconductor deposited over cotton substrate, thus shifting the focus towards textiles. A series of exchanges and actions between the three disciplines, raised the awareness of the need for textile-design methods regarding electric materials. Taking this as a starting point for generating new knowledge, drawing from the strengths of both textile design and engineering, an approach to develop smart textiles was developed. In this paper, we discuss the overall project, and identify the key stages in the interdisciplinary collaboration, in terms of textile design practice, while reflecting on the outcomes, which enabled paving the way for interwoven design and scientific knowledge embedded into smart textile design practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Intersections
Subtitle of host publicationCollaborations in Textile Design Research Conference
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherLoughborough University
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventINTERSECTIONS: Collaborations in Textile Design Research - Loughborough University, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Sep 201713 Sep 2017


Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • smart textile
  • process
  • interdisciplinary research
  • ZnO yarn


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